Autism is a neurological condition typically diagnosed by the age of three. The traits of autism involve multiple major areas of development and impact the way a person:
- Engages in reciprocal social interactions with others
- Communicates with others;
- Expresses their need for sameness and repetition; and
- Experiences and response to sensory input from the world around them
One of the hallmarks of autism is that the characteristics vary significantly among different autistic children and adults. No two autistic people are the same. In addition, different autistic individuals will need support to greater or lesser degrees across a wide range of contexts. Autism is found in all cultures, genders, and socio-economic groups.